Will Democrats come to regret their impeachment push?

Nancy Pelosi's Rubicon moment

Nancy Pelosi.
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House Democrats bought an impeachment pig in a poke on Tuesday. After several months of caution from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other caucus leaders, a standoff over claims from a whistleblower pushed them into a declaration of intent to formally pursue impeachment against Donald Trump. Quoting Julius Caesar as he crossed the Rubicon to assume imperial control of Rome, Pelosi said "alea iacta est" — the die is cast. And indeed, with the urging of senior House Democrats such as Rep. John Lewis (Ga.) demanding impeachment over alleged abuse of presidential power to force Ukraine's new president to dig up dirt on Joe Biden's son, the momentum toward Trump's impeachment seems to have finally made that showdown inevitable.

A subsequent release of the transcript suggests that this Rubicon might have been better left uncrossed — at least until Democrats got a closer look at the river. Having entered into the current, however, Pelosi might have little choice but to get to the other side.

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